Gentleman Jack – Shibden Hall Visit and Anne Lister’s Halifax Guided Tour


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1 day 11am - 4.30pm
Event Category:
Guided Walk
Group size:
Minimum 2 Maximum 15
Shibden Hall, Halifax
Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday by request

The BBC TV series Gentleman Jack, starring Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle, has sparked a huge amount of interest in the life of landowner, businesswoman, mountaineer and diarist Anne Lister and we are delighted to be offering this fascinating insight into her life, exploring her home, Shibden Hall, and a number  of the locations she frequented in Halifax.

We are even more delighted to have secured the services of Rachel Whitbread as our Halifax guide. Rachel spent time in the 80s researching Anne Lister for her mother Helena whose books have been key in keeping Anne Lister’s legacy alive. Rachel has transcribed Anne Lister’s code for various projects and been involved in many events and conversations with Helena and other Anne Lister scholars over the past 30 years. We are so pleased to have her along to share her passion for this fascinating woman.

Our day begins at Shibden Hall where you will have time to see the various rooms that Anne inhabited alongside her family. There are many aspects of the building and surrounding parkland which were part of Anne’s series of improvements. Many of the rooms also appeared in the BBC drama series.

After our visit to the hall, we will head downhill into Halifax on foot, following in the footsteps of Anne who would have walked into Halifax to attend to business matters and visit her favourite haunts.  We will view the house where she lived as a girl, locations where she courted women, the residence of her opponent Christopher Rawson – and much more! Our guided walk will end at Halifax Minster where Anne’s tombstone lies and many of her family are buried.

We will meet at Shibden Hall and the walk will end in the centre of Halifax. There is a frequent bus service from Halifax which takes under 5 minutes. The walk is around 4 miles. Please bring water and outdoor clothing.

Price is £150 per tour (the website has a glitch and will state a per person price so please ignore this) plus entrance fee to Shibden Hall (currently £8 per person) ENQUIRE HERE

Please note: the walk down into the centre of Halifax is on steep uneven ground with a mixture of tree roots and cobbles. If you are not confident on this terrain, there is a frequent bus service.

Photo of Halifax view copyright of Calderdale Museums and Galleries


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Total: 150.00